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Mike Rungie

Year of Award: 2012 Award State: South Australia Business > General
Social Welfare > General
The Geoffrey White Churchill Fellowship to explore roles for people in their 70s, 80s and 90s specifically relating to work, volunteering, learning, sport and networks - USA, UK, Ireland
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This Churchill Fellowship was taken in May - June 2013 in the UK, Ireland and USA. The goal was to look at how people are reinventing themselves in their 70s, 80s and 90s. As the period of retirement has become longer, it has become problematic. It is not clear what you do, it is hard to anticipate, prepare for, be purposeful and be admired in your retirement.

To learn more about this I visited a large number of places where older people are engaged in work, learning, volunteering, sport, networking, social enterprise, art, caring and transition roles... as seriously as people in younger decades. I also observed an emerging range of ways people are being supported to make the difficult role transitions that occur in your 70s, 80s and 90s.

In additional I saw how overseas Governments, Communities and Service Providers are starting to respond to this re-invention movement. The findings are rich for anyone aspiring for older people to live good lives. Everywhere I went I found people coming up against this issue. Many of these are taking bold steps that are nothing short of inspiring.  

This report:

> Describes many of these roles and efforts.

> Describes some role enablers.

> Attempts to organise some of these roles and role enablers in a way that gives some structure to "what you do " in your 70s, 80s and 90s in the same way that structure exists for people in younger decades.

Hopefully inspires people.

I have set in place a number of ways to disseminate the “best” stories from this Fellowship to a wide range of audiences by:

> Facilitating speakers at national conferences;

> Setting up demonstrations in transition, roles and quality activity; Connecting with the Consumer Peak Bodies regarding the further development of roles and transition activity; Engaging Not For Profit aged care providers in mission and quality discussions and partnerships, and Promoting a State Strategy for developing and sustaining contribution, productivity and engagement by people in their 70s, 80s, 90s.

> This Fellowship was only possible through the support of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation in honour of Mr Geoffrey White, ACH Group and the generous hospitality of a great number of older people, organisations and communities.

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